Reference for Karl Muffler provided by Bill Ikinger, 1935. Muffler worked as a pastry chef for Ikinger for five years after arriving in Australia in 1930, Ikinger having recruited him in Germany. This is one of a number of professional references; Karl worked in a number of cake and pastry businesses in Germany and he brought references with him, along with a number of other qualfications documents and professional references, when he migrated to Australia in 1930 in order to practise as a pastry confectioner.
This item relates to Karl Friedrich Muffler, qualified pastry chef and confectioner, born in 1900, who migrated to Melbourne from Germany in 1930, aboard the passenger liner 'Balranald'. Muffler quickly established himself in Melbourne, commencing employment with Bill Ikinger (who had recruited and sponsored him) at his cake shop in Brunswick, as well as joining the long-running German establishment 'Club Tivoli'. Muffler went on to establish his own business, 'The Embassy' in Malvern, and in 1939 married fellow German migrant Mathilde 'Hilde' Mayer. At this time they were members of the 'German Labour Front' of which Adolf Mayer (Hilde's father) was president. On 4th September, 1939 Karl Muffler, along with dozens of other German residents (including his father-in-law), was placed into police custody as an enemy alien. He was transferred to Tatura internment camp and while there undertook woodcarving and drafting classes and worked as a cake decorator. He was transferred to a Forestry Commission camp in Broadford, and finally released in 1945. With no family left in Germany he decided to stay in Australia and became naturalised in 1947. After the war, Muffler accepted a position at William Angliss Food Trades School in Melbourne teaching ex-servicemen new skills in cake decoration. He maintained a connection to the German community though Club Tivoli and died in 1996.
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Reference for Karl Muffler provided by Bill Ikinger, 1935. Muffler worked as a pastry chef for Ikinger for 5 years after arriving in Australia in 1930, Ikinger having recruited him in Germany
Typed letter of reference for Karl Muffler from Ikinger Pastry Shop in Brunswick, 26/8/1935.
This rich and diverse collection enables the exploration of a number of important historical themes, relating to migration as well as broader work and wartime narratives. Of key interest is the theme of working life and the proactive transporting of commercial and culinary traditions to Australia via the immigration process. Represented are the operational activities of pastry businesses around Melbourne in the 1930s, brought to life through tools and business records. The theme of internment and restriction of 'enemy aliens' during World War II can be explored through documents, mementoes, drawings, tokens and internment craft, and this collection is complemented by a large number of documents relating to Muffler held by the National Archives of Australia.The collection also provides a comprehensive overview of a migrant's experience: from garnering qualifications in country of origin to migrating; establishing a working life as practitioner and teacher; community connections and the subsequent consequences of those activities; the establishment of a domestic and social life, through marriage and ongoing cultural links; and the experiences of loss through separation through relocation, and loss of family due to war.
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 27/4/2005
Text: 355 Sydney Road/Brunswick/Victoria./26th August 1935/TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN/This is to certify that Mr Karl Muffler has been in my/employ as a Pastrycook and Ornamental worker for the past/five years./During that period he has given me wonderful service and/i cannot speak too highly of his work. He is a Pastrycook/of the highest order, clean, honest, and most willing, and I/very much regret losing his services./He leaves me at his own free will, and I wish him every/success in his new venture. I can hoestly recommend him/to any employer seeking a high class tradesman, and would be/very pleased to give a personal recommendation should such/be desired.
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203 mm (Width), 253 mm (Height)